Police investigate suspicious death on Racine Street in Aurora

8 homes cordoned off for investigation

AURORA, Colo. - For the second time in less than a week, a body has been found in a house at 1360 Racine Street in Aurora.

The most recent death was discovered Tuesday morning, said Aurora Police Department spokesman Frank Fania.

Officers were dispatched to the house around 6:40 a.m., after getting a call from a family member.

Responding officers found a man who had died, and said it appeared that the body had suffered some kind of trauma.

The major crimes/homicide unit then took over the investigation.

Late Tuesday afternoon, a search warrant was signed and crime scene investigators began cataloging evidence at the scene.

“It’s weird,” said neighbor Bill Vaughn. “We weren’t home, just found out about it.”

Next-door neighbor Jimmy Odom told 7NEWS that he’d known the victim for 22 years.

“He liked to drink and had people in and out all the time,” Odom said.

Other neighbors told 7NEWS that the victim, whose name hasn’t been released by the coroner, lived in the house with his elderly mother, Sharon, until she died following a lengthy illness in mid January.

They said he then allowed an acquaintance to move into the basement as a rent-paying tenant.

That tenant died April 4.

His body was found by the landlord’s daughter, who had gone to check up on her father.

The father apparently hadn’t gotten out of bed yet.

Police said there were no signs of trauma on the body that was found in early April, but they said that case is still under investigation. 

The coroner isn’t releasing the first victim’s name until police make more headway in the second case.

The same woman who found the first body, found the second one early Tuesday.

Neighbors said the woman had spent the day, Monday, at the house with her father and came back first thing Tuesday morning.

That’s when she called police.

“She was so distraught they took her away in an ambulance,” said one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous.

Investigators cordoned off 8 homes in the neighborhood while they try to determine what happened.

“My neighbor (across the street) said he saw somebody go in around 3:45 this morning,” Odom said. “That’s all I know.”

Another neighbor told 7NEWS that police found footprints and an open gate at the house.

“He would never have left the gate open,” that neighbor said, “because he had a dog.”

Fania said he couldn’t confirm that information.

He did say that police had been called to the house before.

“There have been 911 calls,” Fania said, “asking for welfare checks.”

Neighbors said some of those calls were for disturbances related to alcohol.

Aurora Police are asking anyone who with any information on this case to call Detective Chuck Mehl at (303)739-6213.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $2,000 for information that will help police solve this case.

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